Posts From Tom Noda

Ripple Backs Philippine-Focused Remittance Firm SendFriend in $1.7M Funding

SendFriend, a Philippine-focused remittance market startup, has raised up to US$1.7 million capital in a venture round backed by blockchain giant Ripple also known as the cryptocurrency XRP. Other leading investors include the MIT Lab, Mastercard Foundation, Barclays, Techstars, Mahindra

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Blockchain Education in the Philippines Going Mainstream

Be it formal or casual, blockchain education is becoming a regular thing in the Philippines although its usage in different sectors, education in itself, has yet to be applied. AMBERLab or Ateneo-MediXserve Blockchain Education & Reasearch Lab defines blockchain as

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UnionBank-IBM Blockchain Venture Seen to Revolutionize Trade Finance in Philippines

UnionBank of the Philippines has set its eyes on revolutionising the supply chain finance in the Philippines through its tie-up with tech giant IBM. IBM Philippines chief technologist Lope Doromal Jr disclosed that UnionBank and IBM are working on a

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Philippines’ CEZA Favours Self-Regulation in New Cryptocurrency Asset Regulation

The Philippines’ “fintech city ” Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) has crafted a new set of rules in the acquisition and trading of cryptocurrency assets in the Philippines meant to effectively regulate and protect investors. CEZA disclosed it has approved

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Philippines: New VC Fund Gobi-Core Debuts Investments in Healthtech Startup MariaHealth

A recently-launched venture capital fund by Philippine-based VC company Core Capital and Malaysia-based VC Gobi Partners made its first two investments in a healthtech startup MariaHealth and an edutech firm called Edukasyon.ph. The VC fund Gobi-Core Philippine Fund (PH Fund)

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Philippine SEC sets 2nd Round of ICO Rules Consultation

Having postponed the release of its final rules on ICOs (initial coin offerings), the Philippine SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) has set its second round of public consultation open until January 15, 2019. “The Commission is inviting banks, investment houses,

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10 New Philippine Fintech Startups to Watch out for in 2019

Financial technology continues to bring exciting times ahead in the Philippines with the ever-growing emergence of new fintech players that aim to cater to 69 per cent of its adult population that are still unbanked. Citing one industry report, Philippine

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GrabPay Wallet Expands in the Philippines

As predicted by Fintechnews the Philippines is the next stop in GrabPay’s expansion in South East Asia. Grab and Philippine-based conglomerate SM Investments Corp (SM) signed a strategic partnership in a bid to expand the GrabPay mobile wallet in the

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17 E-Wallets in The Philippines You Should Know

“A way to carry your money inside your cellphone”. This is perhaps the simplest meaning of an e-wallet as defined by Philippine-based mobile money service GCash. For the past few years, different companies such as telcos, banks, fintech startups, financial

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PLDT’s Voyager Seals US$40M Investment from IFC

Voyager Innovations, the fintech arm of the Philippines’ top digital telecommunications firm PLDT Inc, has sealed a US$40 million investment from International Finance Corp (IFC), and IFC Emerging Asia Fund with both acquiring a minority stake in the company. Voyager

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